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« on: February 26, 2017, 01:08:13 PM »

What make of car did Broderick Crawford drive in the TV series Highway Patrol??
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« Reply #1 on: February 26, 2017, 01:41:41 PM »

How  could  u not know?  The make was plastered  all  over it--"Highway Patrol" Grin Grin Grin Grin Grin

Mercury?, Desoto?
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« Reply #2 on: February 26, 2017, 02:56:16 PM »

actually, it was a big black Buick
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« Reply #3 on: February 26, 2017, 02:56:57 PM »

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« Reply #4 on: February 26, 2017, 03:00:32 PM »

sure don't remember seeing a Buick as a cop car.. Smiley


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y83RlIiwJI0
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« Reply #5 on: February 26, 2017, 03:27:31 PM »

Officer  Dan?  last name  Mathews ?   needed a big  trunk  for  cases  of beer. Grin Grin Grin Grin
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« Reply #6 on: February 26, 2017, 04:35:01 PM »

sure don't remember seeing a Buick as a cop car.. Smiley
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y83RlIiwJI0

Yes, we can see the 4 horizontal holes Buicks had from 1953 through 1958.
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« Reply #7 on: February 26, 2017, 09:13:09 PM »

I think the '53 Buick Roadmaster I learned to drive in had three holes on each side.   Could that have been a transition year and some models had three and others four ?
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« Reply #8 on: February 26, 2017, 10:22:17 PM »

I think the '53 Buick Roadmaster I learned to drive in had three holes on each side.   Could that have been a transition year and some models had three and others four ?

No, not transition.  The least expensive model had 3 holes.  The other 3 had 4, if I remember correctly.  The Buick "Special" had 3 holes for several years (at least the US model).  Sometimes I get the US and Canadian models mixed up in my memory.
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« Reply #9 on: February 28, 2017, 08:42:01 PM »

Those 50s Roadmasters were built like tanks. Hate to think what they weighed or what their mpg was.
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« Reply #10 on: February 28, 2017, 08:56:56 PM »

Those 50s Roadmasters were built like tanks. Hate to think what they weighed or what their mpg was.
8-10 mpg in town, 17 on the road?
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« Reply #11 on: February 28, 2017, 09:00:12 PM »

Those 50s Roadmasters were built like tanks. Hate to think what they weighed or what their mpg was.
8-10 mpg in town, 17 on the road?

With or without Broderick Crawford in the drivers' seat? One of my fave shows as a 12 year old. Doesn't hold up that well unfortunately. Man, were those early series low budget!
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« Reply #12 on: February 28, 2017, 09:08:21 PM »

Those 50s Roadmasters were built like tanks. Hate to think what they weighed or what their mpg was.
8-10 mpg in town, 17 on the road?

With or without Broderick Crawford in the drivers' seat? One of my fave shows as a 12 year old. Doesn't hold up that well unfortunately. Man, were those early series low budget!
I didn't watch that one, but watched "Dragnet" from 1949-54.  Jack Webb, World's most horrible actor (after, maybe John Agar and Jacques Bergerac)!  "Just the facts, Ma'am!"
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« Reply #13 on: February 28, 2017, 09:14:34 PM »

Webb was a LAPD "pet" in the same manner as Jack Ruby in Dallas, i.e., loved to hang out with real cops, buy them drinks, gain "special" access to police stations, etc. He "worked" the upper level LAPD management as well as the rank and file, gained their confidence, and the rest is history.
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« Reply #14 on: March 01, 2017, 12:17:25 AM »

Joe-rite.  Friends with  Tom Parker--chief.  I do believe most  stories true--"names changed to protect the innocent." Oh BTW,  who was the announcer?
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« Reply #15 on: March 01, 2017, 09:58:15 AM »

Don't recall who announcer was but many of the names of the LAPD management WERE real, e.g., the lab guy, Ray Pinker, Chief of Detectives Thad Brown, etc.
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« Reply #16 on: March 01, 2017, 06:15:21 PM »

George Fenneman--Groucho's sidekick.  And voice of Home Savings for yrs.
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« Reply #17 on: March 01, 2017, 06:16:24 PM »

That's how  Webb kisssed upto Parker.
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« Reply #18 on: March 01, 2017, 07:51:58 PM »

When Webb died in the 1980s, the LAPD "retired" Joe Friday's Badge 714. True story.
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« Reply #19 on: March 01, 2017, 11:10:03 PM »

That was  in the days wen  reruns  had often  diff  names--Badge  714  was Dragnet Reruns.
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